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Directed by A. T. Abu
Produced by Amjad Ali
Written by P. R. Nathan
Screenplay by P. R. Nathan
Starring Prem Nazir
Vaikom Muhammad Basheer
Suresh Gopi
Music by Naushad
Cinematography Venu
CE Babu
Edited by G Venkittaraman
Mak Productions
Distributed by Mak Productions
Release date
  • 25 December 1988 (1988-12-25)
Country India
Language Malayalam

Dhwani (meaning sound, melody or music) is a 1988 Malayalam musical romance film directed by A. T. Abu. It was the last completed film of veteran actor and evergreen hero of Malayalam cinema Prem Nazir who died on 16 January 1989.[1][2] The film has music composed by legendary Bollywood composer Naushad. It stars Jayaram and Shobhana in the lead roles.[3][4][5] Suresh Gopi also makes an appearance in the movie. Noted writer Vaikom Muhammad Basheer makes a special appearance as the visitor at the hospital. The film was a huge hit due to several factors like the excellent performances by the cast and the rousing music scored by veteran composer Naushad, his first and only score for a Malayalam film.[6]


This movie revolves around the life of Rajasekharan, Shabari, Devi and Omallur Sadasivan. Omallur Sadasivan, a minister of Kerala Legislative Assembly, is alleged to be involved in a scam relating to dam construction. Vettukuzhi, a political king maker, tries to save Minister Sadasivan and the reputation of the party. A Commission headed by Justice Rajeshekharan Nair is appointed by the Court to investigate into the dam scam. Shabari, a young talented writer, resides at the Kerala Guest House, to complete his new novel. Shabari is forced to vacate the room occupied by him at the Guest House, due to the arrival of Judge and his family consisting of his wife Malathi and beautiful daughter Devi. Shabari and Devi will get acquainted with each other. Eventually, both of them fall in love with each other. Dr. Dinesh, son of Minster Sadasivan, does not appreciate his father's friendship with Vettukuzhi. Dr. Dinesh's and Sunitha's marriage get cancelled due to the allegations faced by the Minister Sadasisvan. Vettukuzhi tries to bribe Rajeshekaran. Rajashekaran, being an honest judge, boldly refuses to accept the money offered by Vettukuzhi. Shabari tells Rajasekharan about his wish to marry Devi. Rajasekharan and Malathi is happy about this union. When Shabari asks Devi whether she is interested in marrying him, she remains silent. When Shabari repeatedly asks Devi for answer, Devi cries. That is when Shabari comes to know about the Devi's inability to speak. Shabari is shocked by this revelation. Shabari's parents does not like this alliance since Devi is mute. Justice Rajasekharan tries to convince Shabari's father who is his childhood friend. But, fails to do so. Commission submits its report about the dam scam which results in the resignation of Minister Omallur Sadasivan. Eventually, Shabari's parents give consent for the marriage of Devi and Shabari. Thus, the duo is united.



Soundtrack album by Naushad
Released 1988
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Naushad chronology
Love and God
(1986)Love and God1986
Teri Payal Mere Geet
(1989)Teri Payal Mere Geet1989

The score and soundtrack for the movie are composed by renowned musician Naushad. It remains as the only Malayalam movie for which Naushad had composed music for. The lyrics are written by poet Yusuf Ali Kechery in Malayalam and Sanskrit. The soundtrack is highly regarded as one of the best and classic songs of all times in Malayalam film music.[6]

Song Artist(s) Raga
"Aankuyile Thenkuyile" K. J. Yesudas
"Anuraaga Lola" K. J. Yesudas, P. Susheela Gowri manohari
"Maanasa Nilayil" K. J. Yesudas Abheri
"Oru Ragamaala Korthu" K. J. Yesudas
"Jaanaki Jaane" K. J. Yesudas Yamuna Kalyani
"Jaanaki Jaane" P. Susheela Yamuna Kalyani
"Rathi Sukha Saaramayi" K. J. Yesudas Sindhu Bhairavi



  1. ^ "A stalwart on the Malayalam screen" (PDF). The Hindu. 5 February 1989. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  2. ^ India Today. Volume 14. Living Media India Pvt. Ltd. 1989. pp. 45–48. 
  3. ^ "Dhwani". www.malayalachalachithram.com. Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
  4. ^ "Dhwani". malayalasangeetham.info. Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
  5. ^ "Dhwani". spicyonion.com. Retrieved 2014-10-24. 
  6. ^ a b Renuka Narayanan. (9 April 2011). "The song of songs for this Tuesday". The Hindustan Times. Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Kerala state film awards 1981-1990". I&PRD, Kerala. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 

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